Much of the focus on the St. Louis Rams over this offseason has been on Jeff Fisher and the newly renovated defense, and maybe that's the best thing the Rams could do for Sam Bradford, who's been pegged for franchise saviorship ever since he arrived at the Edward Jones Dome in 2010. So far he hasn't been up to the task; now, for perhaps the only time in his career, he's found the pleasant space in the fan discourse between "This guy's going to change everything!" and "This guy's a bum, replace him!"
No matter how good the defense is, though, and how much Fisher's experience changes the Rams' dysfunctional atmosphere, they need improvement from Bradford. But how much can they expect?
His wide receivers should be better, by default if for no other reason; one of Brian Quick, Chris Givens, and Steve Smith seems likely to be better than the depressing mix he saw for much of 2011, and Danny Amendola, his security blanket in 2010, will be back to catch six-yard bullets and run out of bounds. His offensive line, too, seems due for some positive regression; either Rodger Saffold and Jason Smith are better than they showed last year, or they won't be in the NFL in 2013.
But however mediocre his supporting cast is, Bradford is going to be judged on his own numbers in 2012. It's his third year as a starter, and the fan backlash could begin at any moment. So what do you see him doing?
What do you expect from Sam Bradford in 2012?
Rating over 100, singlehandedly renovated Edward Jones Dome (6 votes)
Rating over 90, Rams actually contend for the playoffs all year (36 votes)
Rating over 80, Rams fans begin to think they can love again (44 votes)
Rating around 70, Rams fans sigh over and over (1 vote)
Rating under 70, Jimmy Clausen appears in Grim Reaper outfit (1 vote)
88 total votes